Easter Island

By: Ben Goyne and Austin Weathers

General Information

  • Covers roughly 64 square miles

  • South Pacific Ocean

  • 2,300 miles from Chile’s west coast and 2,500 miles east of Tahiti

  • Known as Rapa Nui (first human inhabitants) to its earliest inhabitants

  • Dutch explorers named it "Easter Island" in honor of the day of their arrival in 1722

  • It was annexed by Chile in the late 19th century

  • Maintains an economy based largely on tourism

  • Almost 900 giant stone figures

  • Figures are shaped like heads, weigh several tons and each vary in size from about 20-50 feet tall

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